October has been an exceptionally busy and productive month for CAER studio – so much so in fact that we’ve had to spread this review across two blog posts! Here’s the second of these, which covers the CAER Art Prize exhibition (part of Youth Voice at St Fagans) and several workshops that took place between 27th and 31st of October.
If you missed the first post then you can catch up here!
27th October: CAER Studio Art at Youth Voice
All 12 entries to the CAER Art Prize were displayed at St Fagans National Museum of History | National Museum Wales as part of the fantastic Youth Voice event. Eve Callard, winner of first prize, helped CAER Studio Director Paul Evans and the artist John Abell to curate the show, directing the final stages of hanging the exhibition. Eve also attended the event on Saturday 27th October where she received lots of praise for her winning painting and met Minister for Culture Dafydd Elis-Thomas. The Youth Voice event was co-curated and delivered by young people, working with cultural bodies including Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, Arts Council Wales, Cadw, Literature Wales and others. Youth Voice movingly demonstrated the powerful impact that actively designing and participating in cultural and heritage events, exhibitions, and projects can have.
30th October: Shadow Puppet Workshop at Our Place: Dusty Forge
Led by CAER Studio guest artist Charlotte Taylor, young people visiting Our Place: Dusty Forge created scenery and characters to feature in our forthcoming film ‘Hidden: A Puppet Guide to Caerau Hill Fort’. The shadow puppet scenes will undergo further development with participants from People’s First group and regulars at the Monday morning art sessions at Our Place: Dusty Forge over the next few weeks.
31st October: Halloween Happening at Cardiff Story Museum
CAER Studio artists Nicola Parsons and Imogen Higgins worked with visitors to the Cardiff Story Museum, creating archaeologically inspired jewellery in air-dried clay. Their work drew inspiration from a display of locally discovered artefacts – dating from the Bronze Age, Iron Age and the period of Roman occupation – that have been chosen and curated by students from The Hidden Histories of Caerau and Ely, a free course run by Cardiff University’s Live Local Learn Local programme in collaboration with the CAER Heritage Project.